8 Books, Manuals, and Sheets

Slide Rule Books and Manuals

Below is a listing of reference material that has been added as part of the Collection. The list includes significant tables of logarithms, softbound and hardbound contemporaneous manuals and textbooks on the use of slide rules, and more recent books on the history of the slide rule. Sometimes such reference books may have been included in the sale of a particular slide rule, but often they were sold independently. The list does not include common leaflets or paper instructions that do not list an author, which are occasionally found with slide rules.

Contemporaneous:

  • Tables de Logarithmes
    • [hardbound] Chez veuve DESAINTE, Libraire, rue du Foin, Paris, 1781
    • tables of logarithms of numbers from 1 to 21600, and of sines/tangents
  • Logarithmic Tables of Numbers and Trigonometrical Functions, 61.Edition, Baron Von Vega
    • [hardbound] W. Pormetter, Berlin, 1880
    • Inscribed, “Ralph H Damon, Concord, Mass.; 293 Columbus Av, Boston; Mass. Inst. Technology; Feb 1, 1881.”
  • The Mechanics’ Slide Rule, and How to Use It, Fred T. Hodgson
    • The Industrial Publication Company, New York, 1881
  • The Slide Rule: A Practical Manual, Eighth Edition, C.N. Pickworth
    • [hardbound] D. Van Nostrand, Co., New York, 1903
  • Instructions for the Use of A.W. Faber’s Improved Calculating Rule, Charles N. Pickworth
  • The Mannheim Slide Rule, Wm. Cox
    • Keuffel & Esser Co., New York, NY, c. 1905
  • Mannheim and Multiplex Slide Rules, Third Edition, L.W. Rosenthal
    • Eugene Dietzgen Co., Chicago, 1911
  • The Slide Rule Simplified, Seventh Edition, Geo. W. Richardson and J.J. Clark
    • Technical Supply Co., Chicago, 1918
  • The Polyphase Duplex Slide Rule: A Self Teaching Manual, William E. Breckenridge
    • Keuffel & Esser Co., New York, 1924.
  • The Slide Rule and Logarithmic Tables, Second Edition, J.J. Clark
    • [hardbound] Frederick Drake & Co., Chicago, 1928
  • Trigonometry – Side Rule – Mechanics, I.C.S. Staff
    • International Textbook Company, Scranton, PA, 1930 – 1930 – 1934 (for the 3 sections)
    • written for International Correspondence School, Ltd., the first distance-learning institution in the United States
    • 59 pages dedicated to the use of the slide rule
  • The Mannheim Slide Rule: A Self Teaching Manual, William E. Breckenridge
    • Keuffel & Esser Co., New York, 1938
  • A Manual for the Slide Rule, First Edition, Paul E. Machovina
    • McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc., New York, 1950
  • The Versalog Slide Rule: An Instruction Manual, E.I Fiesenheiser
    • [hardbound] The Fredrick Post Co., Chicago, 1951
  • How to Use Pickett Dual Base Log Log Slide Rules, Maurice L. Hartung
    • Pickett and Eckel Inc., Chicago, 1953
  • K&E Slide Rules: A Self Instruction Manual, Lyman M. Kells, Willis F. Kern, and James R. Bland
    • [hardbound] Keuffel & Esser Co., Morristown, NJ, 1955
  • Smoley’s Three Combined Tables, for Engineers, Architects and Students – Parallel Tables of Logarithms and Squares, Parallel Tables of Slopes and Rises, Logarithmic Trigonometric Tables, C.K. Smoley, extended by E.R. Smoley and N.G. Smoley
    • [hardbound] C.K. Smoley and Sons, Inc., Chautauqua, NY, 1958
  • K&E Slide Rules: Deci-Lon, An Instruction Manual
    • [hardbound] Keuffel & Esser Co., Morristown, NJ, 1962
  • Versalog II Slide Rule Instruction Manual and Applied Text, George John Zanotti
    • Teledyne Post, Chicago, 1970

Non-Contemporaneous:

  • Slide Rules: Their History, Models, and Makers, Peter M. Hopp
    • Astragal Press, Mendham, NJ, 1999
  • Slide Rule Instructions Library, Michael Konshak
    • [hardbound] International Slide Rule Museum Library Reprints, independently published, 2021
      • Reprints of slide rule instructions, for the use of collectors, educators and students. All ephemera currently archived in the International Slide Rule Museum library.
    • Vol. 1: Hemmi Slide Rule Instructions (Annotated)
    • Vol. 2: Keuffel & Esser Slide Rule Instructions (Annotated)
    • Vol. 3: Pickett Slide Rule Instructions (Annotated)
    • Vol. 8: Faber-Castell Slide Rule Instructions (Annotated)


Slide Sheets

Listed below are slide sheets and other similar devices, used to solve specific calculations in business and engineering applications, that rely heavily on logarithmic scales and complex analytical computations.

  • GE Radiation Calculator, Model GEN-15C, c. 1965
    • for calclulations related to blackbody radiation
    • images of front and back.
    • Example Problems (from ISRM website).
    • Johnson and Stewart paper.